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Behavioural semantics for asynchronous components. (English) Zbl 1407.68271
Summary: Software components are a valuable programming abstraction that enables a compositional design of complex applications. In distributed systems, components can also be used to provide an abstraction of locations: each component is a unit of deployment that can be placed on a different machine. In this article, we consider this kind of distributed components that are additionally loosely coupled and communicate by asynchronous invocations.
Components also provide a convenient abstraction for verifying the correct behaviour of systems: they provide structuring entities easing the correctness verification. This article provides a formal background for the generation of behavioural semantics for asynchronous components. It expresses the semantics of hierarchical distributed components communicating asynchronously by requests, futures, and replies; this semantics is provided using the pNet intermediate language. This article both demonstrates the expressiveness of the pNet model and formally specifies the complete process of the generation of a behavioural model for a distributed component system. The purpose of our behavioural semantics is to allow for verification both by finite instantiation and model-checking, and by techniques for infinite systems.

68Q55 Semantics in the theory of computing
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68Q60 Specification and verification (program logics, model checking, etc.)
68Q85 Models and methods for concurrent and distributed computing (process algebras, bisimulation, transition nets, etc.)
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